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Christ Church Sunday Morning Service (9:00 am – 11:00 am)

December 3, 2017 @ 9:00 am - 11:00 am

Announcements & Meditation


– Call to Worship –


Minister: The Lord is near to all who call upon Him, to all who call upon Him in truth. He will
fulfill the desire of those who are in awe of Him.
Congregation: He will hear their cry and save them. Amen.


Psalm 22:25-26
Minister: Lift up your hearts!
Congregation: We lift them up to the Lord!




Savior of the Nations, Come…………………………225


– Confession –





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Congregation is invited to kneel if able
Psalm 32:5


Psalm 32:7
Minister: Your sins are forgiven through Christ.
Congregation: Thanks be to God!

Minister: Christian, what do you believe?
Congregation: I believe in God the Father Almighty, Maker of heaven and earth, and in Jesus Christ, his only begotten Son, our Lord. He was conceived by the Holy Ghost, and born of the virgin, Mary. He suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died, and was buried. He descended into Hades. On the third day He rose again from the dead, ascended into Heaven, and sits at the right hand of God the Father Almighty; from thence He will come to judge the living and the dead. I believe in the Holy Ghost, the holy catholic Church, the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and the life everlasting. Amen. (Bulletin pg. 8-9)
Minister: What is the third petition?
Congregation: “Thy will be done, on earth, as it is in heaven.” That is: grant that we and all men may renounce our own will and obey thy will, which alone is good, without grumbling, so that everyone may carry out his office and calling as willingly and faithfully as the angels in heaven. 









– Consecration –

Genesis 1:1-5; John 1:1-9
Reader: The Word of the Lord.
Congregation: Thanks be to God!


CC: James Nash Dickson
Congregational Charge:Little child, for you Jesus Christ came to this earth, struggled and suffered; for your sake He crossed Gethsemane and went through the darkness of Calvary; for your sake He cried: ‘It is finished’; for your sake He died and for your sake He overcame death; indeed for your sake, little child, and you—still— know nothing of it. And thus the wordof the apostle is confirmed: ‘We love God, for He loved us first.’ (Taken from an old French Reformed
Baptism Rite)


Lo, God, Our God……………………..bulletin pg. 10



Opening: Psalm 28:1-2
Thanksgiving: Psalm 26:6-8
Petitions: Psalm 20:5-6




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CC: Apostles Creed 20 (Douglas Wilson)


We began by confessing that God the Father is the Maker of heaven and earth. This means, among other things, that the material created order is good. There is nothing wrong with being made of matter, and there is nothing wrong with being finite. The difficulty that has plagued our race since the Fall has been ethical and moral, and not any essential problem with matter. God likes stuff. He invented it. And this is why we look forward to the resurrection of the body. We are not yearning to become ethereal spirits.

I believe in God the Father Almighty, Maker of heaven and earth, and in Jesus Christ, his only begotten Son, our Lord. He was conceived by the Holy Ghost, and born of the virgin, Mary. He suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died, and was buried. He descended into Hades. On the third day He rose again from the dead, ascended into Heaven, and sits at the right hand of God the Father Almighty; from thence He will come to judge the living and the dead. I believe in the Holy Ghost, the holy catholic Church, the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and the life everlasting. Amen.

“So also is the resurrection of the dead. It is sown in corruption; it is raised in incorruption: It is sown in dishonour; it is raised in glory: it is sown in weakness; it is raised in power: It is sown a natural body; it is raised a spiritual body. There is a natural body, and there is a spiritual body” (1 Cor. 15:42–44).

The apostle outlines a grand metaphor, comparing our present life to the time of seeds and planting, and the day of resurrection to the time of glorious harvest. Following the metaphor, seeds can look pretty nondescript—tiny, little dried up things. The comparison is particularly apt, because there is complete continuity between the seed and the plant that will come from it, and yet at the same time there is apparently a complete discontinuity in appearance.

The seed is corrupt, but the plant has no corruption. The seed goes down into the dirt in dishonor, and in the springtime of resurrection it comes up in glory. The seed is weak, the plant is powerful and full of life. The seed is natural, the resurrection plant is spiritual. This is because there is a body dominated by the soul (psyche) and there will be a body dominated by the spirit (pneuma). We currently live in our soulish bodies, our seeds. We will live in our spiritish bodies, in power, glory, and vibrant life.

“For our conversation is in heaven; from whence also we look for the Saviour, the Lord Jesus Christ: Who shall change our vile body, that it may be fashioned like unto his glorious body, according to the working whereby he is able even to subdue all things unto himself ” (Phil. 3:20–21).

It is common for us to hear that in the Old Testament there was no real awareness of an afterlife. This is false, but we have to begin by acknowledging that in the Old Testament the resurrection is not as much in the foreground as it is in the New Testament. But it is plainly and evidently there. Let the New Testament tell us what can accurately be gleaned from the Old Testament.

Martha, an ordinary believer with just an Old Testament, knew that her brother would be raised on the last day. “Jesus saith unto her, Thy brother shall rise again. Martha saith unto him, I know that he shall rise again in the resurrection at the last day” ( John 11:23–24). The Pharisees were the orthodox party, and the Sadducees were the liberal party. “For the Sadducees say that there is no resurrection, neither angel, nor spirit: but the Pharisees confess both” (Acts 23:8). And in what they taught, Jesus said that they sat in Moses’ seat (Matt. 23:2), which means that they were hypocritical, not heterodox.

The Messiah would die and not see corruption (Ps. 16:10). Job knew that in his flesh he would see God ( Job 19: 26). Daniel predicted the glory of the resurrection. “And many of them that sleep in the dust of the earth shall awake, some to everlasting life, and some to shame and everlasting contempt. And they that be wise shall shine as the brightness of the firmament; and they that turn many to righteousness as the stars for ever and ever” (Dan. 12:2–3).

And right after our text, where Paul has taught us that our bodies are so many seeds, he takes us right back to Adam. “And so it is written, The first man Adam was made a living soul; the last Adam was made a quickening spirit . . . The first man is of the earth, earthy: the second man is the Lord from heaven” (1 Corinthians 15:45, 47).

“While the earth remaineth, seedtime and harvest, and cold and heat, and summer and winter, and day and night shall not cease” (Gen. 8:22). From the Fall to the Resurrection, human history is seedtime. And the seed nature of man has been evident to the faithful for millennia.

But let us bring this home. Look at your hand. A time is coming—at a rate of 60 seconds a minute, 60 minutes an hour, 24 hours a day—when that hand will have no flesh on it. It will be the hand of a skeleton. You will die, and you will decay. You are full of life and plans and purposes now, just as the people living three hundred years ago were.

Now hear the gospel. As certain as that day of death is, it is just as certain that the day of resurrection is advancing toward us at the same rate of speed. In fact the day of resurrection is more certain that the day of death because there will be a generation overtaken by resurrection, a generation that will not have to experience death, but will rather be clothed in immortality.

“Verily, verily, I say unto you, The hour is coming, and now is, when the dead shall hear the voice of the Son of God: and they that hear shall live” (John 5:25).




CCD: The Father Seeks Worshippers (Ty Knight)


TEXT: John 4:1-26

While the Samaritan woman does not usually make the list for Advent passages, this story illustrates the deep longings of humanity and the One sent from God to satisfy these desires. This woman desired water, and Jesus offers water that provides eternal life. She wanted men, and Jesus reveals God as a Father. She sough to worship rightly, and Jesus explains that God is seeking her as a worshipper. The story of the Samaritan woman forms part of the larger story that begins at Christmas with the good news of great joy that the Father is seeking people to worship him in spirit and truth.

Jesus along with his disciples trek from Judea to Galilee in northern Israel. Verse 4 states that “Jesus had to go through Samaria.” In a practical sense, Jesus did not have to pass through Samaria. Many strict Jews avoided Samaria, but Jesus intentionally travels to Samaria and rests at a well outside Sychar. Since it’s around lunchtime, Jesus sends all the disciples to the town for food. He arranges

A Samaritan woman comes alone to the well to draw water. Culturally, most women draw water in the cool of the morning. Her arrival at noon reveals a clue of her situation. She’s on the outskirts of the Samaritan social scene. If the Samaritans shun you, you’re really hurting. Then Jesus asks the woman for a drink. She responds. “How is it that you, a Jew, ask a drink of me, a Samaritan woman?” About 750 years of hatred are bearing down on this request for a drink of water.

Jesus continues with his surprises, “If you knew the gift of God, and who it is that said to you ‘Give me a drink,’ you would have asked him, and he would have given you living water” (vs. 10). Notice that Jesus initiates with a known desire of the woman––water. This woman is an expert on the water in this well. She knows the stats. She knows the urban legend of Jacob. But this woman who everyday lugs her pot to the well knows the need and preciousness of water.

Jesus is offering the woman not something that can be put in a bucket, but he is offering himself. Jeremiah the Prophet compares living water and cracked cisterns, “Be appalled, O heavens, at this; be shocked, be utterly desolate, declares the LORD,  for my people have committed two evils: they have forsaken me, the fountain of living waters, and hewed out cisterns for themselves, broken cisterns that can hold no water” ( Jer. 2:13-14). Living water is found in the Lord, and in him alone. But those who refuse to drink from this source must dig from their own cisterns that can hold no water. Jesus now identifies the cracked cistern of men that has left her soul thirsty.

“Go, call your husband, and come here.” She becomes a linguist, “I have no husband.” Jesus confronts her spiritual thirst by pointing out that she has had five husbands and now a live-in boyfriend. The woman is dumbfounded that Jesus knows the details of her life and assumes he is a prophet (vs. 19). A prophet reveals a person’s place in the eyes of God and the way to make things right between God and man. The woman recognizes her sin and the necessity of repentance, but she has been worshipping wrong.

Worship of God is possible because the Father is seeking people to worship him. When was the last time this woman experienced a father? Over the years, she had experienced men as husbands, but not a father. God the Father is not distant or scornful but actively seeks to find people. God’s desire for you realigns the desires of your life. What does God want? He wants you to know him as your Father. He wants you to worship him as your God in spirit and truth. This woman has a deep thirst that can only be satisfied in the worship of the Triune God and by the work of the Triune God. What does the Father want?

A world of worshippers. And so the Father has sent his Son Jesus to a world full of people with messed up desires and wrong worship. This is the joyful announcement the angels shouted to the scruffy shepherds, “I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David, a Savior who is Christ the Lord” (Lk. 2:11) This great news of great joy came to the Samaritan woman. And we join in this celebration even now in the season of advent that the Messiah, the Savior of the World, the Desire of the Nations, has come.





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– Commissioning –


The congregation may raise hands
Doxology……………………………………………225 v. 6

Praise to God the Father sing,
Praise to God the Son, our King,
Praise to God the Spirit be,
Ever and eternally.


Now to Him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us, to Him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus to all generations, forever and ever. Amen. Ephesians 3:20-21


December 3, 2017
9:00 am - 11:00 am
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